Hotel owners face court over gays veto

Dec 7, 2010 Full story: Bearsden Today 9

A judge will decide whether the Christian owners of a seaside hotel in Cornwall acted lawfully in refusing to allow a gay couple to stay in a double room.

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Anonymous

Arlington, TX

#1 Dec 7, 2010
I think Joseph and Mary had the same problem from the Christian Inn in there town...
freebiefiend

Chicago, IL

#2 Dec 7, 2010
as long as they're applying their restriction equally, then i think they (the hotel owners) should win. i wonder if that isn't expressly stated in their reservation policy...
Steve

Pleasant Prairie, WI

#3 Dec 7, 2010
Why do people let their personal religious beliefs ruin other peoples lives
I assuming these are Christians who forgot that god is the one who is supposed to judge us
Are they trying to be like the radical Muslims living in a world where everyone has to be the same

“The Buybull is innerrrent.”

Since: Jun 08

Tappahannock, VA

#4 Dec 7, 2010
Well the UK doesn't cotton to "religious" bigots as heartily as we do here in the US.

The bigot couple has no right to discriminate against unmarried couples, either, and in any event I hope they are forced to provide an example of when they similarly turned away a heterosexual, unmarried couple.

The only problem is that the text makes it sound a bit like a bed and breakfast in saying the owners live there. I bet it's more a hotel than a bed and breakfast, but I suppose we'll see.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#5 Dec 7, 2010
freebiefiend wrote:
as long as they're applying their restriction equally, then i think they (the hotel owners) should win. i wonder if that isn't expressly stated in their reservation policy...
The article didn't say if the couple had a domestic partnership--which comes with the same rights and responsibilities as marriage in the UK. It should come with the same degree of respect.

If hospitality establishments are allowed to treat domestic partnerships and marriages differently, then the EU should declare UK in violation of their human rights rulings.
Look in a Mirror

Apple Valley, CA

#6 Dec 8, 2010
Steve wrote:
Why do people let their personal religious beliefs ruin other peoples lives
I assuming these are Christians who forgot that god is the one who is supposed to judge us
Are they trying to be like the radical Muslims living in a world where everyone has to be the same
"Why do people let their personal religious beliefs ruin other peoples lives"

Why are you? If I read the story correctly, it is this gay couple that is attempting to financially ruin this owner when they could have just as easily stayed at a Motel 6. So, who is trying to ruin whose life?

“the baby who would be king!!!!”

Since: Jan 07

fort worth

#7 Dec 8, 2010
Look in a Mirror wrote:
<quoted text>"Why do people let their personal religious beliefs ruin other peoples lives"
Why are you? If I read the story correctly, it is this gay couple that is attempting to financially ruin this owner when they could have just as easily stayed at a Motel 6. So, who is trying to ruin whose life?
how is the couple trying to ruin the owner?

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#8 Dec 8, 2010
Look in a Mirror wrote:
<quoted text>"Why do people let their personal religious beliefs ruin other peoples lives"
Why are you? If I read the story correctly, it is this gay couple that is attempting to financially ruin this owner when they could have just as easily stayed at a Motel 6. So, who is trying to ruin whose life?
5000 pounds is hardly going to ruin the hotel owners lives. On the other hand, it's a bit of an exaggeration to suggest that this gay couple's lives had been ruined by lacking accommodations for a weekend. It's more like their weekend was ruined.

But let's look at relative harm of just getting along. Had the hotel lived up to its promise to house the couple for the weekend, what damage would it have suffered? Would the owners have spent the weekend on the streets or at the Motel 6 because they couldn't stand being in the same house with a gay couple? Would they have to have hidden in their room lest evil spirits overtake them? Or could they have just been cordial and gotten on with their lives?

But make no mistake: People like these hotel owners have no compunctions at all about ruining other's lives. Look at the DADT policy. If this hotel owner found out that their school employed a gay teacher, do you think they would hesitate to try to ruin the teacher's carreer did s/he not have legal protections? In the US, this is done regularly, as it was just done to a high school classmate of mine at Belmont University.

Perhaps a weekend won't ruin these peoples lives. But persistent discrimination in everything people do can.

“The Buybull is innerrrent.”

Since: Jun 08

Annapolis, MD

#9 Dec 8, 2010
Look in a Mirror wrote:
<quoted text>"Why do people let their personal religious beliefs ruin other peoples lives"
Why are you? If I read the story correctly, it is this gay couple that is attempting to financially ruin this owner when they could have just as easily stayed at a Motel 6. So, who is trying to ruin whose life?
Bigotry is a pernicious, social ill, something evilgelicals won't grasp until, following the golden rule, they are subjected to the same sorts of discrimination: Being turned away from hotels, not being allowed to marry or serve openly, bullied by peers in school for being xstain fundies while the teachers look the other way, etc.

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